april 9-13, 2018

The New Black Fest at

MONDAY, April 9, 2018

7:00pm (doors 6:30pm)

apollo THeater soundstage

253 West 125th Street

Kick-Off Panel

Black Love, Black Space and Solidarity

moderated by Keith Josef Adkins

Featuring

Keith Beauchamp (filmmaker, The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till)

C.A. Johnson (playwright)

Dominique Morisseau (playwright, TV writer)

Quentin Walcott (anti-violence activist, educator, facilitator)

This event will be followed by a reception, location TBA.

TUESDAY, April 10, 2018

7:00pm

The Lark

311 West 43rd St, 5th floor

SISTERGURLS AND THE SQUIRREL

(working title)

By Liza Jessie Peterson

directed by Cezar Williams

Kitty runs an erotic product business out of her home, a sales-depot of sorts. Several women gather regularly to gather merchandise and get party assignments. They are not sex workers but rather sell products and host sex-toy parties around town. Kitty's sister is Karmica SutraQuita Jones (the character from Chiron) and after a squirrel jumps into the open window, chaos ensues, a family secret is revealed and old wounds come to the surface to be healed.

WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018

7:00pm

The Lark

311 West 43rd St, 5th floor

soft
By Donja R. Love
directed by Whitney White
Slammed against a poetic backdrop of Urban America, Mr. Isaiah, a recent hire at a disciplinary boarding high school, is ready to make a difference in the lives of his six male students. When one of his boys commits suicide he is plagued with the questions: Where do Black and Brown boys go when they die?; and what makes someone’s struggle so unbearable that they'd take their own life? While seeking answers to this question, he sees the sorrows that each of his boys dances with - and is reminded of his own.

THURSDAY, April 12, 2018

7:00pm

The Lark

311 West 43rd St, 5th floor

DEUX FEMMES ON THE EDGE
DE LA REVOLUTION
By France-Luce Benson
directed by Awoye Timpo
A pig is sacrificed, a goddess seduces a young bride, and enslaved and self-liberated Africans on the island of San Domingue rise up to end slavery and destroy colonialism. Deux Femmes on the Edge de la Revolution tells the story of the Haitian Revolution from the perspective of two women - an enslaved healer of African nobility, and a French woman sold into marriage. The two form an unlikely alliance on the battle fields of SanDomingue, and like the revolution, their journeys will forever change the course of history.  

FRIDAY, April 13, 2018

7:00pm

The Lark

311 West 43rd St, 5th floor

BROTHER RABBIT
By Jonathan Payne
directed by Candis Jones
An Easter Play with a false rabbit and a dead Christ, where the scattered tribes of the inner city are alone against the horrors of a terrible plague. Brother Rabbit questions the influence of the church in the Black Community. An institution once so rooted in the upward mobility of a people, may have tragically fallen out of the prestige it once had so long ago. 

The New Black Fest

P.O.Box 381179

Brooklyn, NY 11238

 

newblackfestival@gmail.com